Radical Integrity: The Story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer by Michael Van Dyke

In some ways this book is tangential to the military history I usually read.  Yet the epic of World War II influenced, shaped or ruined people from all walks of life.  In that sense it isn’t too far afield to talk about one of the great theologians of the 20th Century who lived through most of the Nazi era in Germany.

Join me for a brief look at a fascinating biography. Continue reading

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Pearl Harbor by Craig Nelson

So far on this site I’ve posted less than a dozen book reviews, yet I find myself now revisiting the Pearl Harbor raid.  No doubt this is an important and complicated event!

Join with me for a second look at this pivotal battle. Continue reading

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Arado Ar234B-2

Although the race for jet fighters usually gets most of the attention for late war aircraft designs, other types were developed too.

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Join me for a brief look at the tail end of the global war and the first jet bomber to enter service. Continue reading

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The Fleet at Flood Tide by James D. Hornfischer

An account of the last year of World War II in the Pacific, this book is the latest from the author of “Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors” and “Neptune’s Inferno”.

Join me for a brief look at an excellent history. Continue reading

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Komatsu G40

The Japanese were behind other major powers in the development of wartime construction equipment, but late in World War II this bulldozer was used in expanding airfields and roads in the shrunken Empire.

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Join me for a brief look at the sort of machine many of us take for granted. Continue reading

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Macchi C.205V Veltro

Italy is one of those countries with a confused wartime history.  Early in the war, Italy’s fascist dictator Benito Mussolini sided with Germany and Japan as the third “major” power of the Axis.  But in the end Italians fought and died for both Allies and Axis.

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Join me for a brief look at a late war Italian fighter. Continue reading

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Curtiss Hawk 81A-2

Flying Tigers

In the first six months of war against Japan, allied successes were few and far between.  One of the bright spots was a small group of American mercenaries flying for a disgruntled, half deaf old fighter pilot on the payroll of the Chinese government.

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After the jump, we’ll take a look at an unlikely group of heroes and the fighter plane they made famous. Continue reading

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